Hardly comparable I hear you say? to a point yes; but there are some significant differences between the two siblings. Naturally the 920 will be far more superior in certain areas which is to be expected; as it is the ‘top end’ device after all. I am going to briefly compare the differences and the similarities between these two Nokia WP8 Smartphones to help gain a clearer picture for potential users.
Firstly I would like to point out that both the 920 & 820 are in fact operating on the same chipsets (Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon; Adreno 220 GPU). the CPU’s are both Dual-core; and again both are clocked at 1.5GHz and feature 1GB of RAM.
As mentioned previously – both devices are operating on the same chipsets but the 920 still holds the advantage when it comes to speed and all round general smoothness. The 920 features a PureMotion HD+ (increases the refresh rate of the physical screen itself to match up with the 60 frames per second, thereby reducing blur) display, as well as ClearBlack (reduces reflections on the screen and improves visual image quality, especially outdoors). The 820 does not feature PureMotion HD+ therefore it lacks that extra bit of smoothness that the 920 has when it comes to the general speed of the interface operation.
In terms of size; the 920 is significantly larger and weighs approximately 25g more than its predecessor. I personally feel that the 820 feels a lot more natural to hold as the 920 is a fair bit wider and feels some what awkward to hold. Both the 920 & 820 have a polycarbonate finish that really confirm the quality of build of both handsets.
Another issue or let’s say big difference would be the on board memory between the two. The 820 only has an internal memory of up to 8GB but features an expansion slot that can add up to 32GB to your device (albeit on a microSD card of course). The 920 features a generous 32GB of internal memory (7GB of Cloud storage) BUT does not have an expansion slot. Not a massive disadvantage as I guess Windows are trying to push people to the Cloud; but perhaps a slight inconvenience?
Nokia have really produced a very technical line with the Lumia series. The camera tech being one feature that really stands out. Both handsets have excellent photography capabilities; especially for a Smartphone. Both handsets feature 8MP primary cameras with 1080p video capture and both feature Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus & dual LED-flash. The 920 has a few extra features that make it that extra bit special with optical image stabilization and of course the PureView technology.
Using advanced floating lens technology, the PureView camera in the Nokia Lumia 920 takes in five times more light than competing smartphones without using flash, making it possible to capture the best pictures and videos even at night.
So, there you have it, the main differences between the two have been ironed out -fairly significant wouldn’t you say? screen size, screen resolution, storage and of course the superior PureView camera Technology on the Lumia 920. It’s clear that the Lumia 920 is the better option if money is not an issue but that’s not to say that the Lumia 820 is not a good handset. The 820 is a very strong mid range device (if you can call it that) for those that want to stay under the £400 bracket. We want to hear what handset you have opted for and whether this comparison has swayed your opinion/decision at all?